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The Venice Experience - Tours

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Address: San Marco Vaporetto stop, Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 340 994 2216

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Venice tour with Mike or Karen " A MUST "

We booked 2 tours - the pub crawl and the back street tour. We Met Mike on our Second Evevening. He took us to 3 completely different Bars that we would have missed ( just of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 April 2012

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

We booked 2 tours - the pub crawl and the back street tour. We Met Mike on our Second Evevening. He took us to 3 completely different Bars that we would have missed ( just of the beaten track) with an imformative walk between each. We sampled unusual food, local drinks and local culture in each place. We had such... More 

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Encino, Ca.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

it is with the highest degree of confidence that I recommend The Venice Experience Backstreets Tour to anyone who wants to visit Venice and see the city with guides who are passionate and highly knowledgeable about Venice and what the city has to offer visitors and the local community. My husband and I traveled to Venice last October and an... More 

3 Thank Karen G
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

I was not overwhelmed and felt that we were being rushed through the tour, like the guide had something more important to do.

3 Thank baysidemomof3
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2011

Mike Henderson was organized, informative, and gracious throughout the tour. I have travelled in Italy nine times, and his tour was one of the most interesting tours, but it was also a calming, relaxed experience at the same time. Great deal for the money! Eric

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011

This tour was the most expensive of any of our tours in Italy and wasn't great. We loied the guide, but there was just no substance to the tour. We walked around a lot, but it certainly didn't help us gaet the lay of the land or learn anything new. The weather was miserable, which probably didn't help, but we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

What can be said about this tour, it was an amazing start to a wonderful city. Karen was our guide and was genuinely interested in making the experience a great one for us, one that we will never forget. We really appreciated the opportunity to escape the tourist crowds and experience Venice the way that locals do. While we are... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

Mike picked us up and delivered us back to our hotel (2 minute walk from Piazza San Marco). For 6 hours he showed us around his city pointed out features and provided some back ground details not in guide books. We saw many of the major sites, including the world's 1st digital clock, had lunch at a restaurant over a... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

We took a day trip to Venice from Florence in Oct 2011. We arrived by train train and were met by Karen at the end of the station as we had agreed. We were swept away immediately into the heart of Venice by walking over a bridge across the Grand Canal. Karen treated us to a real backstreets tour and... More 

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2011

Me and my wife only had three days in Venice and booked the cicchetti tour for the second day. Our tour was led by Karen, while Mike, her husband, guided another couple on the same tour but to different cafes although we all met up at the tour's end in the same cafe for drinks and cicchetti. Karen was very... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2011

Good tour, very personable and very interesting! Not too much walking and alot of good insight by our guide. Very recommendable!

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Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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